Freeloaders: Welcome to the Free Year 

The week’s best freebies Jan. 5-11

Reality hit us hard this morning. After checking our post-holiday bank account, realizing that we had a full week of work ahead of us, and knowing that our next holiday is a long-time coming, we need some free distractions to get us to the weekend — emphasis on the free.

Monday Kick off 2015 with some live music. Lumberjack Time-Traveler plays at Republic Garden and Lounge. Or head to Blind Tiger for some jams from Markie Morantz.

There's always the open mic comedy night at The Sparrow to help ease you back into this whole work thing.

Tuesday Test your random knowledge at Tin Roof's trivia night.

Josh Roberts & the Hinges performs on the deck of the Pour House.

Check out the artist market at Brickhouse Party Plantation.

Joe Pasta hosts its weekly open comedy night to keep the laughs going.

Wednesday Hump day should just be renamed as music day. Hit up Victor Social Club for some jazz from Gino Castillo Trio, or head to How Art Thou? Cafe to listen to the Oscar Rivers Jazz.

Singer/songwriter Erik Swartz takes to the mic at Surf Bar.

Thursday Danielle Wycoff's exhibit at Redux Contemporary Art Center examines humans' ability to love and how the emotion can unify and separate us at the same time — sounds heavy and beautiful.

Charleston Comedy Fest takes place next week. Why not start gearing up for it with Blast Off? at Theatre 99?

We wish we had taken an adventurous vacation last year, but we'll settle for living vicariously through Sierra Club outings leader Bill Turner's slideshow of his trips instead.

Celebrate Friday's eve with some folk rock courtesy of Ghost Eagle at The Mill.

Friday  Get your downward dog on at Namaste Folly — just bring your own mat.

What's better than one free admission? Two free ones. The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry offers free admission from 4-7 p.m. and then gives them a free ticket to return on a later date.

Nothing beats a Friday night like chili cheese fries with a side of music. Thankfully, Whit's End will perform at Moe's and make this happen.

Saturday If you've got a budding actor in the family, take him or her to audition for Shrek Jr. Children must be between the ages of 12-18.

Whales don't blow, and on Saturday you can learn more about them at the Sewee Visitor Center.

Just because it's winter doesn't mean all the farmers markets have shut up shop. Johns Island's Homegrown Farmers Market stays open year-round so you can stock up on some cold-weather veggies.

Sunday Hit up King Street for this year's first Second Sunday.

Audition to be part of Charleston Performing Arts Center's upcoming productions.

End the weekend with some punk rock at Local 616 when Dumb Doctors and Elim Bolt perform. 


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